Outdoor learning in early education refers to the intentional use of outdoor environments as a learning setting for young children. It involves taking educational activities and experiences beyond the traditional classroom and into the natural world or outdoor spaces. At Adora ELA, we have designed outdoor learning spaces in which children are provided with opportunities to engage with nature, explore their surroundings, and interact with the environment in a hands-on and experiential way. Each outdoor classroom is set up with outdoor learning stations that include “Sing”, “Create”, “Touch”, “Gather”, “Grow” and “Move”.
Outdoor learning in early education has numerous benefits. It promotes physical health and well-being, enhances cognitive development, stimulates curiosity and inquiry, fosters environmental awareness, and supports social-emotional growth. It also offers a break from the traditional classroom environment, providing children with a refreshing and engaging learning experience.
In outdoor learning, educators design and facilitate activities that align with children’s developmental needs and learning objectives. These activities can include a wide range of experiences, such as: